Cold War espionage
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Cold War espionage describes the intelligence gathering activities during the Cold War between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Because each side was preparing to fight the other, intelligence on the opposing side's intentions, military, and technology was of paramount importance. To gather this information, the two relied on a wide variety of military and civilian agencies. While several such as the CIA and KGB became synonymous with Cold War espionage, many other organizations played key roles in the collection and protection of the section concerning detection of spying, and analysis of a wide host of intelligence disciplines.
Soviet espionage in the United States during the Cold War was an outgrowth of World War II nuclear espionage, and Cold War espionage was depicted in works such as the James Bond and Matt Helm books and movies.
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|1941-08-10||The Soviet GRU reestablished contact with Klaus Fuchs, a Germen emigre scientist, who transferred from the British Tube Alloys nuclear research program to the US-led Manhattan Project in 1943.|
|1942||Nuclear espionage||US communist Jacob Golos put Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (and their associated communist cell) in direct contact with Soviet intelligence operatives in New York.|
|1944||Nuclear espionage||Yuri Modin became the KGB controller of the "Cambridge Five" ring of atomic spies.|
|1946-12-20||The Venona counter-intelligence program is first able to decode Soviet intelligence messages thereby discovering the Soviet spying activities within the Manhattan Project.|
|1949||Nuclear espionage||A Mossad agent assumed, seeing CIA agent James Jesus Angleton dining with Cambridge Five mole Kim Philby, that the former had turned the latter into a triple agent.|
|1950||Fuchs voluntarily confesses to MI5 that he has been spying for the USSR. Fuchs identifies Harry Gold who identifies David Greenglass which in turn leads to the arrest and trial of the Rosenbergs.|
|1955||Joint CIA/SIS Operation Gold puts a tunnel under the frontier in occupied Berlin to tap into Soviet army communications. Already aware of the plan through George Blake, the Soviets let the operation run rather than compromise their agent.|
|1959-06||Corona (satellite)||Under the covername Discoverer the camera-carrying Corona satellite missions start.|
|1959-10-15||Active measures||Ukrainian politician Stepan Bandera was assassinated on KGB orders.|
|1960||1960 U-2 incident||Pilot Francis Gary Powers' Lockheed U-2 spy plane was shot down by a Soviet surface-to-air missile. The US is forced to publicly admit that they were operating surveillance missions over the USSR.|
|August 1960||Discoverer 14 is the first Corona mission to successfully take reconnaissance pictures from orbit and return them to earth.|
|1962||Oleg Penkovsky provides information to SIS and CIA about Soviet missile capabilities and deployment to Cuba. The Soviets are aware of his activities through their own agent within the NSA.|
|1962-10-26||Cuban Missile Crisis||Under the pseudonym of Aleksandr Fomin, the KGB Station Chief in Washington proposed the crisis' diplomatic solution.|
|1964||Operation Neptune||A ruse was used to indicate West Germany's spies remaining from World War II had been exposed.|
|1985-03-23||Military Liaison Missions||On a mission to photograph a Soviet tank storage building, US intelligence officer Major Arthur D. Nicholson was killed by a Soviet soldier.|
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- NOC by NicholasAnderson, eBook published 2008, traditional book published by Enigma Books 2009. Fictionalised (as stipulated by UK law) autobiography of a British SIS/MI6 intelligence officer's stories from the Cold War. Original non-fiction version vetoed in 2000 per UK Official Secrets Act and appeared in banned books listing in 2003 as seen at fatchuck.com
- The Literature of Intelligence: A Bibliography of Materials, with Essays, Reviews, and Comments. An extensive bibliography compounded by J. Ransom Clark.